I remember Mama. When my mother died in 1980 I inherited some of her spices in cans and jars. I still have them. I do not throw them away because every time I see them, I remember my mother and learning to cook when I was a pre-teen. Good memories. — Paula
Just one of 13 pages (or more?) of heart-rending stories and personal revelations submitted to McCormick Spices, as part of their “Check How Old Your Spices Are” promotion. But I guess this one, though charmingly morbid, didn’t actually lead to a new spice purchase? Statement counter to interest, Mrs. McCormick.
12:00 a.m.: I am outside having a cigarette, my last one, gazing longingly at the Beatrice, when BlackBook executive editor Chris Mohney sends me a BBM: “Sorry Foster, we let u go. Teh media/economy sux. Also, ur American Visa (both company-card and citizenship-wise) is fucked! LOLZ.” Looks like I’m going back to Canada. I begin to cry.
12:38 a.m.: My other media friends—who’ve also been laid off—are predictably drinking at Botanica. There are former Gawker editors, Radar editors, and Cosmo girls. I thought this would make me feel better, but being surrounded by unemployed yet somehow still self-satisfied writers has made me realize how pathetic my sad media life once was. I order a specialty ginger drink. Or three.
BlackBook Blogger extraordinaire Ben Barna and myself in a joint collaboration: the manifestation of a dual-personality, on where we’d drink ourselves to death in New York. Enjoy.
Only in my home state would the trial of an ethically challenged former governor — once groomed as a Clintonian candidate for possible elevation to the national stage — get derailed by legal chicanery that makes the defendant look positively saintly by comparison.
Grimes last year also gave DoJ additional e-mails detailing previously undisclosed contacts between prosecutors and members of the Siegelman jury. In nine days of deliberation, jurors twice told the judge they were deadlocked and could not reach a decision. After the panel finally delivered a conviction, allegations emerged that jurors had discussed the case in e-mails among themselves and downloaded Internet material — serious breaches which could have invalidated the verdict. But the trial judge ruled that the jurors’ alleged misconduct was harmless.
The DoJ conducted its own inquiry into some of Grimes’ claims, and wrote a report dismissing them as inconsequential. But the report shows that investigators did not question U.S. marshals or jurors who had allegedly been in touch with the prosecution.